Why Mars?

Why Mars?
Let’s start with a larger issue. Life, as far as we know, has developed only upon this planet. This pale blue dot in a vast, black, radioactive, cold, and airless, wilderness. We may never know if there is other life out there. Because of this certainty (life exists here, intelligent life) and this uncertainty (life may exist only here), we have been given a mandate by the universe:
It is our responsibility to ensure the continuation of life in the universe.
So where do we start? We have hardly a toe hole compared to what we need. Our first real step in realizing our mandate is to become a multi-planet, space faring species.
That is where Mars comes in.
We know that eventually, the Earth will die. Quite likely it will be impacted by a large rock, killing most or all forms of life. Definitely, the Sun will expand and warm, cooking the surface of the Earth and eventually engulfing it.
We must begin to venture out into space and make it our home.
We will begin with Mars.
Our population is growing, and so is our demand that Mother Earth support us. Food, water, and other resources are limited. Population control would be impossible without a one world government. Something we will probably not see before demand is greater than supply, leading to famine, war, and general human suffering. We need a release valve.
We have Mars
Since leaving Africa, humanity has steadily spread across the globe. In search of freedom, riches, and what’s around the next bend, over the next mountain. As populations grow, as needs increase, there is a demand for expansion, to release the pressure a bit. While most people will be content to live in the relative safety and comfort of their well-controlled cities and agricultural systems, there are those who feel the need to go out into the wilderness, to explore, to take great risk to self and others for the sake of freedom, knowledge, and adventure. These are the ones who are at the forefront of humanity. They are the leading edge our expansion. Today, there are fewer and fewer real frontiers. The entire globe has been mapped and imaged by satellite. What is left? Where will we expand to next?
There is Mars.
It takes more than courage and strength. It takes more than a horse and gun. Today’s explorers are the best that humanity has to offer.
They will have Mars.
You will have Mars.

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2 thoughts on “Why Mars?

  1. I had the same thoughts 20+ yrs ago. This planet, this wonderful planet, can only support so much life – life of all kinds, not just humans. I never would think about population control because it makes me sick, but hopefully we will ..Squirrel.. branch out to other planets and colonize. The earth will continue struggling to feed and shelter us unless we can get the global population below 3 billion. I don’t see that happening. I would be interested in living on a new planet! … After all these years, I am just finding out ..Squirrel.. that we think alike ! But there is one area I disagree with you… Quantum physics or Theoretical physics is the shit!

    -Shrode

  2. It is very good to hear from you brother.
    I am taking Quantum Mechanics right now. In fact, I probably should be working on that homework instead of this. It is an interesting topic. At the smallest levels you give up all hope of knowing about a thing’s motion if you know where it is and visa versa.
    There are so many good things a person can do in this life that it can be difficult to choose where you want to go. So many need help, there are so many great causes to take up. I have always chased the greatest cause I could identify. For a while it was serving in the Army and now in the National Guard. After giving it some real thought I realized that the greates secular cause there is in this life is to protect life. Especially intelligent life. That is what this is all about. I know I will be long dead when the end of Earth comes, hopefully. I am just a small player in the greater picture. Once I accepted that it was easy to see where I wanted to go. Saving one life is great. I am more ambitious than that. I want to save all life, forever.

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